[In the Web] Philippines’ commitment


Members of the campaign network for peace advocates, held the march in time for the first day of the formal peace talks between the GPH and the CPP-NPA-NDF to raise public’s awareness. Photo from sulongnetwork.ph

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva has affirmed the country’s commitment to “reduce armed violence and enabling development.

In his address at the 2nd Ministerial Review Conference of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development (GDAVD) held recently in Switzerland, Philippine Permanent Representative Evan P. Garcia outlined the Philippines’ peace and development initiatives.

Garcia noted that the Philippine government and civil society engagement in human rights, humanitarian, peace building and disarmament activities are important and recognized contributions to the global armed violence and development discourse.

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Undersecretary Ma. Cleofe Sandoval, meanwhile, discussed the challenges and lessons learned from the Philippine peace process during the high-level panel of the conference.

Sandoval emphasized that the Philippine government has a holistic approach to achieving peace, eschewing “all out war” and including economic opportunity and job creation elements in its policies.

Read story at http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/340407/philippines-commitment

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